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Hill College Students Participate in Community College Day in Austin

02.05.15

Nearly 1,500 community college supporters converged on the state capitol Tuesday for Community College Day at the Capitol. Among the throng of eager advocates were Hill College students from Hillsboro, Cleburne and Burleson.

They and Hill College administrators participated in ceremonies outside the south entrance to the Capitol, braving light rain and chilly morning air. But the weather didn’t dampen their enthusiasm as they joined fellow students, faculty and administrators from more than 50 community colleges from throughout Texas.

Students from Cleburne included Lorenzo Serrano, Catalina Olsen, Karla Pizano, and Rudy Dominguez.  Students from Burleson included Tracy Barefoot, Dreylon Burks, Angel Romero, Nick West and Makala Yates. Students from Hillsboro included Tatenda Makoni, Grace Mwakutuya, Tawanda Mberikwazo, and William Epps. Hill College administrators included Dr. Pam Boehm, president; Lizza Trenkle, vice president of student services; Nancy Holland, dean of Burleson campus; Bill Gilker, dean of Johnson County campus; Scott Nalley, dean of student services; Leslie Cannon, assistant dean of external affairs; Linda Kennemore, residence hall coordinator; Daniel De La Pena, residence hall coordinator; Jim Dalglish, executive director of institutional advancement; Preston McReynolds, alumni coordinator; and Kathy Oellig, public relations intern.

The students toured the Capitol building and met with their representatives, State Senator Brian Birdwell and State Representatives  Byron Cook and DeWayne Burns, where they discussed funding and other educational priorities for the 84th regular session of the Texas Legislature.

More than 4000 students enroll each semester in Hill College courses at Hillsboro, Cleburne, Burleson, Glen Rose and Meridian, along with courses taught online and dual enrollment students from 28 high schools in Hill, Johnson, Bosque and Somervell counties. Throughout Texas, more than 700,000 community college students make up almost half of the state’s enrollment in higher education.